Dalton man found DUI after traffic stop, attempts to take troopers taser while resisting arrest
According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on September 20th, 2020, at approximately 9:03 AM, Trooper Hensley was patrolling the area of South Thornton Avenue at Nichols Drive. Trooper Hensley reported, "At this time [I] observed a black Nissan Sentra pass my location with a large starburst crack in the front windshield, a flat front right tire, the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and had a cell phone in his right hand looking down." The trooper initiated a traffic stop at South Dixie Highway and Threadmill Road. The driver, later identified as Tyler Austin Long, 22 of Dalton, came to an abrupt stop, partially blocking the southbound lane of travel. Long was asked for his license and stated that he didn't have it on his person. Long was speaking rapidly and appeared to be extremely nervous, according to the trooper. Long was asked to stand at the rear of the vehicle and continued to speak rapidly, requesting that the trooper follow him home to retrieve his license. While the trooper was running Long's information in his patrol vehicle, Long took off on foot. Trooper Hensley reported, "When [I] looked up [I] observed the subject running on foot southbound on South Dixie Highway." The trooper followed Long in his patrol vehicle. Long crossed the roadway and ran behind the feed and seed building. The trooper turned around the building and began applying his brakes. As the trooper approached a six foot fence, Long ran into the left side of the patrol vehicle. Long immediately jumped up and began to ran back westbound across South Dixie Highway. The trooper continued to order Long to stop and then deployed his Taser. Long was only struck with one Taser probe in the clothing. Long continued to flee running behind a gas station dumpster attempting to climb over another fence. The trooper tried deploying his Taser a second time, but the second cartridge failed to fire. Long was then drive stunned in the back and fell to the ground on his back. The trooper and Long struggled on the ground. The trooper attempted to Tase Long in the torso when he grabbed the trooper's Taser with both hands. Long quickly complied with verbal commands and stopped resisting arrest. The trooper took long into custody. Deputy Caraway arrived on the scene and transported Long back to the original incident location. Long was checked on scene by Whitfield EMS and cleared. The trooper read Georgia Implied Consent to Long, who agreed to the state-administered chemical test of his blood. Long was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with DUI (multiple substances), misdemeanor willful obstruction of law officers, attempt to remove weapon from public official, driving without a license, failure to maintain lane, safety belts violation, tire violation, driver to exercise due care/proper use of phones and radios and view obstructed/windshields and windshield wiper violation.